adverb Date: 1594 not by necessity ; to an unnecessary degree <
unnecessarily harsh criticism

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  • unnecessarily — adverb a) Needlessly, not necessarily He unnecessarily repeated too much of what others had covered. b) Not by necessity. The food provided was unnecessarily generous, especially for an Oxfam event. Ant: necessarily See Also …   Wiktionary

  • unnecessarily — adv. Unnecessarily is used with these adjectives: ↑bureaucratic, ↑complex, ↑complicated, ↑cruel, ↑harsh, ↑intrusive, ↑pessimistic, ↑provocative, ↑restrictive Unnecessarily is used with these verbs: ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • unnecessarily — adverb 1. in an unnecessary manner (Freq. 2) they were unnecessarily rude • Ant: ↑necessarily • Derived from adjective: ↑unnecessary 2. without any necessity this marathon would exhaust him unnecessarily …   Useful english dictionary

  • unnecessarily — unnecessary ► ADJECTIVE ▪ not necessary; more than is necessary. DERIVATIVES unnecessarily adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • Unnecessarily — Unnecessary Un*nec es*sa*ry, a. Not necessary; not required under the circumstances; unless; needless; as, unnecessary labor, care, or rigor. {Un*nec es*sa*ri*ly}, adv. {Un*nec es*sa*ri*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unnecessarily — See unnecessary. * * * …   Universalium

  • unnecessarily — (Roget s IV) modif. needlessly, causelessly, without occasion, by chance, carelessly, fortuitously, casually, haphazardly, wantonly, accidentally, unessentially, redundantly, inexpediently, uselessly, exorbitantly, superfluously, undeSirably,… …   English dictionary for students

  • unnecessarily — adv. needlessly, superfluously, redundantly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unnecessarily — un·necessarily …   English syllables

  • unnecessarily — See: unnecessary …   English dictionary

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